Washington Post: Prospects of peace elusive as Pence wraps up visit to Middle East

Vice President Pence wrapped up a four-day Middle Eastern tour Tuesday with a visit to one of Judaism’s holiest sites, a symbolic end to a trip that has further enhanced the administration’s relationship with Israel but apparently widened a split with the Palestinian leadership.

Prospects of reigniting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, a goal that Pence has said he believes is still achievable, seemed more elusive than ever Tuesday. A senior White House official told reporters that there has been no contact with the Palestinian leadership since President Trump’s announcement on Dec. 6 formally recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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